Plans submitted to transform iconic Zoo Aviary project

ZSL London Zoo has formally submitted plans to Westminster Council for its Snowdon Aviary to receive a bold new makeover. 

Snowdon Aviary plans
Snowdon Aviary plans

Last year, ZSL (Zoological Society of London) partnered with renowned architects Foster + Partners to rejuvenate the pioneering model of British architecture. Now plans have been registered with the Zoo’s local council that give a first look into how the new Aviary will come to life in 2019. 

ZSL’s Zoological Director, Professor David Field, said: “ZSL London Zoo is excited to have submitted our plans for the redesign of the landmark Snowdon Aviary. Our most ambitious project to date, the new Aviary will reflect our decades of animal expertise and delivering innovative visitor experiences.”

A grade II* listed building and one of the Zoo’s most famous structures, the Aviary celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and stands proud and visible from the nearby Regent’s Canal and Primrose Hill. The new exhibit is set to be transformed into a walk-through colobus monkey enclosure, which will give visitors a unique and up close experience of the stunning primates.

Inspired by the graceful movements of flying birds, the Snowdon Aviary was truly unique for its time; conceived by Lord Snowdon and realised by architect Cedric Price and structural engineer Frank Newby, when the exhibit opened in 1965 it was Britain’s first walk-through aviary. 

In early 2016 international conservation charity ZSL secured the first stage of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for the initial research and planning phase of modernising the Zoo’s iconic Snowdon Aviary, and to use the new space to interact with new audiences and school children. 

ZSL has used this support from National Lottery players to develop the new plans for the innovative structure, which will create a new primate habitat and allow future visitors and school children to get even closer to the amazing animals at ZSL London Zoo. 

With £2.3million left to raise for the project, ZSL is currently offering a range of sponsorship opportunities to support the build and run all associated activities for five years.

Find out how to make a donation and keep up-to-date with the project

More news from ZSL

Baby sloth holds onto his mum Marilyn

London Zoo celebrates not so slow start to the year with birth of adorable baby sloth

Meerkats lend a paw at the annual 2023 London Zoo stocktake

 Zookeepers at ZSL London Zoo have dusted off their clipboards, calculators and cameras – as they counted up all the animals at the Zoo’s annual...

Asiatic lioness, Arya, opens advent calendar at ZSL London Zoo

Meerkats, lions and squirrel monkeys enjoy advent surprises at ZSL London Zoo